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The BIG shots

We oohed, we aahed, we laughed—your pictures never disappoint. From more than 7,000 submissions, we present the winners of our annual photo contest
Each year, our photo contest receives thousands of amazing submissions from cottagers across Canada. Choosing the finalists is tough enough, and we take it seriously— our judges spend hours debating who should win. There were photos that made us pause, some that wowed us, and a few that made us say “What the heck is going on here?” But the best part is that we always see something that we’ve never seen before. This year’s winners managed to capture those intangible feelings we can’t always put into words about why the cottage is such a special place.

grand prize

How it came to be

Sebastian Barath was hiking in Whistler, B.C., with his sister and his girlfriend when they made a pit stop to eat. When one of the birds landed on his sister’s hand, Sebastian used his Canon 70D and a 35-105 mm lens to snap this photo. “I quickly had to adjust the shutter speed on my camera, but I thought to myself, This photo needs to be taken.” Lucky for him, the bird was patient enough to wait. “The way he’s looking off to the side, it’s almost as if he was posing for us”, says Sebastian. “It just goes to show that when the moment arises, you have to be ready to capture it.”

Why is it a winner?

This photo is simple, but so striking. The hand is positioned perfectly, adding shape to the shot, but it’s not intrusive. The bird’s head guides your eye in an S-curve out to its tail and then back to its feet. The blue sky transitioning from the top of the frame into the white clouds below adds depth and compliments the grey of the bird. The details are extraordinary, such as the texture of the feathers and the slight shadow on the hand. This is a remarkable moment that Sebastian captured well.

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Make winter the warmest season! The Winter issue of Cottage Life gets you set for your coziest winter at the cabin yet. Host a holiday brunch for family and friends with Canada’s cinnamon bun queen Amy Rosen’s mouth-watering Hanukkah recipes Learn the 300-year-old secrets of a sweet little Finnish sauna Find out how to protect your cottage from fire 7 gifts for cottagers An update about rabies: should you worry? Tips for testing ice thickness and thawing frozen pipes How to stop mice and prep the cottage for winter Plans for a tea-light holder project (with a hidden compartment!) Plus, the stunning winners of our annual photo contest Pick up the Winter 2018 issue today!